The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education

Review: Nottingham Early Assessment Package

Publisher The Ear Foundation
Date of Publication July 2004
Available from The Ear Foundation, Marjorie Sherman House
83 Sherwin Road, Lenton, Nottingham

Reviewer: Corinda M Carnelley
Peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf

The Nottingham Early Assessment Package (NEAP) was developed for the assessment of deaf infants within a cochlear implant programme with staff from Nottingham Cochlear Implant Programme. The package was produced with support from Cochlear Europe.

The assessments used in the areas of communication and the development of, auditory skills and speech production are now available on CD Rom.

As a peripatetic teacher of pre-school children, I find recording progress to be an ongoing conundrum - both in providing parental information and for reports to the service and other professionals. Whilst I acknowledge that testing deaf children of any age is never easy, at least standardised test scores can show progress (or not!) Showing (and proving) progress in the under-threes has always been a challenge.

I have been on one of the Nottingham training courses for NEAP and returned feeling full of enthusiasm and confident in my abilities. My reports were going to be better than ever (!) - full of incredibly useful information so that I could show the amazing progress of some of my caseload. I filed all the papers in my personal development folder . and that's where they still are.

Frankly, there were just too many of them and I felt overwhelmed by the acronyms - LiP; ILiP; CAP; MAIS; SNAP etc.

However, this new CD has all of the tests, in an easy to access format. They are divided into three areas; Auditory Perception; Communication and Language Development; and Speech Production Development. The individual tests (all nine of them) are all there, under their relevant area.

Each test is introduced in a five section format

  1. What does it measure?
  2. Why use it?
  3. Assessment guide
  4. Examples - and here there are some really interesting video clips
  5. Test yourself/guidelines

Suddenly, it all becomes quite clear and on loading the CD into the computer and having a look, I felt as full of enthusiasm as I had on my return from the course. Somehow, it all seems so much easier - there are helpful pointers throughout and even the most techno-phobic amongst us would be able to use the CD to access the information required.

For assessing the skills and abilities of young deaf children and for monitoring their development, this is an absolutely essential purchase - everything you could ever need, in an easy to access format. It could also be useful in nursery/infant units as a baseline and far more relevant than the Foundation Stage Profile. I highly recommend it.

LiP Listening Progress Profile
CAP Categories of Auditory Performance
ILiP Infant Listening Progress Profile
MAIS Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale
SNAP Story Narrative Assessment Procedure

March 2005